12 dead after landslide strikes hotel


Beijing - Ten bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a central Chinese hotel flattened by a landslide this week, bringing the confirmed death toll to 12, Xinhua reported Sunday.

Two deaths had already been confirmed after the Friday accident in Hunan province, according to Xinhua. The first two people reported dead had initially survived the accident, but died later in hospital.

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Rescuers work at a landslide site in the town proper of Nanzhang County, central China's Hubei Province. Around 14 people were buried in the landslide which destroyed part of a hotel in the Haishishenlou holiday village. Photo: Xiong Qi/APRescuers carry a victim out of the site of a landslide in Nanzhang County, central China's Hubei Province. The bodies of the 12 people who died when a landslide destroyed part of a hotel in Nanzhanhg have been recovered. Photo: Xinhua

There are three confirmed survivors. Most of those caught up in the landslide were guests at the hotel.

The hotel was hit on Friday by piles of rocks and debris from a landslide, according to the report. One of the boulders that hit the hotel reportedly weighed 150 tons.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, but the area is prone to landslides, especially during heavy rainfall.

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